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Patty's Chile Beer - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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81
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23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 74
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-23-2003

Golden ale brewed with green chili peppers; a late addition of Anaheim peppers and smoked ancho peppers.
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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 74
Photo of dcscientist
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

You really have to be prepared for this one. It's pretty spicy, and as such, it goes great with Mexican food. But it's really a sipper, and it's tough for me to put down a whole pint just because of the strong pepper flavor. People either love this beer or hate it as a result. Since I'm not a big hot and spicy guy, I'd pass on ordering it straight up, but it's actually great in a sampler. (395 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

Brewed with a late addition of Anaheim and smoked ancho chile peppers, Patty’s is a very straightforward beer that captures all of the flavor and none of the heat. Paired with its low ABV, this makes for one interesting session beer on its own, a great pairing with food or a cooking ingredient.

STYLE: Chile Beer
ABV: 4.4%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pale, golden, straw, slight haze, tight white foam head

SMELL: Green peppers, light smoke, cracked black pepper

TASTE: Light bodied, smooth, creamy, sweet bell pepper flesh, distinctly layered with peppery notes throughout and well into the dry, crackery malt finish (671 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An excellent beer that (like others have mentioned) seems to vary a little. Sometimes the beer is spicier or stronger than other times, but I suppose that just boils down the the chilis being used.
The color is golden, but more vibrant than most domestic lagers or ales.
The smell is amazing. It's like taking a whiff of fresh roasted chilis. If you like the smell of chili peppers, this is heaven. If you don't like them...well, you likely won't enjoy this either. There's a slight malt edge to it, but not much. The strength of the aroma varies by the batch, but the actual smell is always the same.
Taste is shockingly mild. It's just like a light ale, but with a little chili bite at the end. It's not spicy most of the time, but I did have a pint that had a tiny bit of kick to it a few months ago.
In your mouth it's very light. Not too much carbonation, not too "thick"

The beer is a great starter and is VERY unique, but I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 in an evening. The more you drink of it, the milder the flavor will get. By the end of a pint, you're a little numb to the chili smell and flavor.

If you live in the area or stop into the Wynkoop while in Denver, this beer is a must-try just for it's uniqueness. (1,247 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber beer tinged with a it of green, fairly clean looking. Clumpy head, but it didn't stick very well to the sides. Kinda syrup looking.
Good spice in the nose. Pepper and anaheim chile, a bit mild, but still crisp and chile-ish.
Flavor: dominated by the anaheim chile taste. A bit sweet in the middle, finish hot a nice chile burn to it. Great with a burger, I thought. One is enough for me, though. (404 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold, high carbonation, clear

Smell: small amount of pepper, and grass/wheat

Taste: grassy wheat start followed by a big pepper bite that goes to a mix of malt and pepper

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation, moderately smooth, sweetish start followed by a peppery body

Drinkability: A very good pepper beer that is probably in my top five for the style. the bite is good and is not overpowering. The beer taste is there. I have sessioned this before at the bar. (491 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the few chili beers i really actually like to drink a pint of from time to time. pours a pale ale looking straw color with an average white head. smells like a ton of roasted chilies, like the farmers market in late summer. smokey and spicey. flavor has no heat at all though, just the essence of anaheim and serrano peppers. there is a good light malty body to support all the pepper flavor, and a complimentary late hop burst that kind of cools the thing off a bit. goes great with the calamari at wynkoop, and will definitely surprise you if you think chili beers arent your thing. this one is famous for a reason. (624 characters)

Photo of ccahoon22
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Small head and pretty light color almost yellow.

S - The smell of peppers in a beer is so odd but makes you want to keep sniffing

T - Peppers dominate the taste but not spicy peppers, more like a green or red pepper. almost refreshing.

Pretty good beer for how different it is. (284 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Wynkoop brewpub.

This chile beer poured a clear, amber color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass somewhat. The smell was a sharp, green chile-like aroma backed by some maltiness. The taste was dominated by green chiles, though not overly hot/spicy, but more of a woody or earthy flavor. There was a good bready maltiness in the background and a very mild sweetness, and very modest hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and peppery with medium body and moderate carbonation. The malt and chile flavor lingered. This was a good example of this style. I enjoyed it, but I don't think I would drink more than one in a row. (669 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice orange murky color with a decent head and retnetion.

Taste and smell are simple: pepperjack. Nice and spicy, leaves a little spice on the throat.

There is moderate carbonation and decent clinging to the palate.

This beer is not bad and I could have a few of these. I love chili beers. There is not a lot going on here, but it is pretty drinkable. (371 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with great head and some nice lacing, as well as a nice amount of carbonation, nearly lager like in its appearance. Nice sweet beer, good balance between malt and hop, with a great chile flavor, enough to enjoy but not so much it takes away from everything else. It goes down nice, if just a bit too much carbonation. (344 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

n draught at the brewpub, Patty's Chili Beer is a clear gold with a wispy white skim leaving scattered lace.

Smell is moderately strong, smoked anchos.

Taste is heavy on the raw vegetable flavor of green chilis, which is a pleasant surprise, with very little smoke or heat.

Mouthfeel is light and slick.

Drinkability is good, very unusual. If you like the taste of green chili's, you'll like it, but don't come for strong smoke or heat. Very unique for the style. (469 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear brassy color with a small white head. Smell was not too strong, but had faint aromas of grains and chili peppers. Taste... This...beer...tasted...like....TACOS. I expected a little bit of a spicy twinge like with most other chili beers I've had, but this wasn't really spicy at all. Just TASTED LIKE TACOS. Really amazing actually. An easy, pale malt base, but when settled on the palate, I could taste the corn of the tortillas, vegetables, and chili peppers, sans the burn. I don't mind the burn, but this was definitely a nice change of pace. Light-medium body and very smooth, this was an extremely drinkable beer, and went great with the food. (699 characters)

Photo of RomulanAle
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This my first beer from the Wynkoop Brewery, had a very nice chili taste to it. To me it was like have the best Nachos and cheese with all the fixins you love in a bottle, also wood make a great contribution to Nacho's and Cheese. Not to spicy has I've had from other chile beers but very balanced taste. (304 characters)

Patty's Chile Beer from Wynkoop Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.